Video of Escape From Wildfire Aboard Ferry Viewed 1.6M Times, Likened to Disaster Movie

A video showing a number of people escaping on board of a ferry from wildfires that spread across Greece's Lake Evia went viral on Friday, garnering 1.6 million views.

The footage showed a number of people crowded together on the ship after being evacuated from the burning lake shores, according to Greek forecast website

Απίστευτες εικόνες από πλοίο στη Λίμνη Ευβοίας που απομάκρυνε κόσμο από τις ακτές όπου έφτασε η μεγάλη πυρκαγιά την Παρασκευή 6 Αυγούστου 2021.
Βίντεο Stavros Dev

— - Ο καιρός (@meteogr) August 6, 2021

The video shocked many people on social media who compared the view of the rising flames and smoke to scenes from a disaster movie—with one person likening it to a scene from Jurassic World and another saying "I remember when this used to be Hollywood special effects."

I remember when this used to be Hollywood special effects

— Michiel Jorissen (@MichielJorissen) August 7, 2021

To contain the wildfire outbreak, 475 firefighters and 35 ground teams worked to evacuate 39 villages in Evia, the Associated Press reported.

Greece's Civil Protection chief Nikos Hardalias said that firefighters have been combating the outbreaks across the country including 55 active fires by Saturday.

"We're continuing to fight a very big battle. All night our forces worked hard," Hardalias said, according to the AP.

Hardalias added that the army sent out 84 special forces personnel, and that the navy provided two landing craft, a torpedo boat and 15 smaller boats to help with evacuations.

"Over the past few days, we have been facing a situation without precedent in our country, in the intensity and wide distribution of the wildfires, and the new outbreaks all over. I want to assure you that all forces available are taking part in the fight," Hardalias said during a Friday briefing.

Temperatures in Greece soared to 113 degrees, prompting the most intense heat wave in 30 years, but temperatures dropped on Friday as winds elevated.

In May, wildfires tore through forests west of Athens, forcing hundreds to flee their homes as the fire caused extensive damage to dozens of houses while more than 250 firefighters battled the blaze.

The wildfire burned homes and more than 2,000 hectares of forest, authorities said. Smoke from the fire could be seen across southern Greece and even as far as the holiday islands in the Aegean Sea.

Officials in Europe have pointed out climate change as the cause for the rising heat and the spread of wildfires across southern Europe, Greece, and Turkey.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has also been impacted by climate change as 107 wildfires are currently active nationally that have burned over 2 million acres of land in 14 states.

California is seeing some of the most devastating fires in the state's history. The Dixie Fire is the third-largest fire ever to burn in the Golden State. As of Friday, it has burned over 432,800 acres and is only 35 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

The historic town of Greenville in Plumas County was leveled by the fire.

"It's just completely devastating. We've lost our home, my business, our whole downtown area is gone," resident Eva Gorman told the AP.

Plumas County Sheriff Tod Johns said that "well over 100 homes" in and around Greenville were destroyed this week.

In other parts of the state, the River, House and McFarland fires continue to rage grow, taking advantage of the dry, hot temperatures and breezy winds.

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Police officers help firefighters to extinguish a fire in Thrakomakedones, near Mount Parnitha, north of Athens, on August 7, 2021. - Hundreds of firefighters battled a blaze on the outskirts of Athens as several fires raged in Greece. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images

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